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For Release: Tuesday, February 19, 2013

New York State Announces Open Space Conservation Plan Meeting

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation invite the public to attend a meeting of the Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) to the New York State Open Space Conservation Plan ("Plan") for the New York City region. The Plan serves as the blueprint for the State's land conservation efforts and is required by law to be revised every three years to adapt to shifting conservation priorities. The RAC is charged with providing input to update the previous Plan and will identify the types and locations of open space resources and various open space conservation tools and methods. In addition, the RAC will provide recommendations on policies, such as stewardship, and regulations.

DEC and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYS OPRHP) are co-lead agencies of New York's Open Space Conservation Plan, a plan that serves as a blueprint for the State's land conservation efforts to increase protection of the State's significant natural, scenic, recreational, historic and cultural resources. The meeting will take place at 6:00 PM on Monday, February 25th at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building located at 163 West 125th St. (at 7th Avenue).

Open space may be defined as an area of land or water that either remains in its natural state or is used for agriculture, free from intensive development for residential, commercial, industrial or institutional use. Open space can be publicly or privately owned. It includes agricultural and forest land, undeveloped coastal and estuarine lands, undeveloped scenic lands, public parks and preserves. It also includes water bodies such as lakes and bays. The definition of open space depends on the context. In a big city, a vacant lot or a small marsh can be open space. A small park or a narrow corridor for walking or bicycling is open space, though it may be surrounded by developed areas. Cultural and historic resources are part of the heritage of New York State and are often protected along with open space.

What: New York State Open Space Conservation Plan Public Meeting
Where: Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building
163 West 125th St. (at 7th Avenue) - 2nd Floor Art Gallery
When: February 25th, 2013 6:00 PM

For additional information on the New York State Open Space Conservation Plan, visit the NYSDEC website.

If you have any questions please contact Thomas V. Panzone at (718) 482-4953 or via email:
tvpanzon@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

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